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New EU rules on disposing of redundant IT equipment, far from posing a major headache for firms, could result in an unexpected windfall for a third of UK businesses.

Disposal of electrical hardware will be subject to stringent regulations under the EU’s Waste and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) 2003 Directive, which implementation has been delayed until autumn 2004. All UK businesses will be responsible for ensuring that redundant electrical equipment is re-used or recycled. Building an environmental disposal strategy into IT purchasing is essential for all businesses wishing to operate within the law, yet recent press articles indicate that many companies are ignorant of the legislation and its implications.

In response to the concerns about additional costs for businesses, MAXITECH.CO.UK, the London based redundant electronic equipment reuse and recycling company has launched a set of unique social, environmental and economically beneficial schemes for processing end of life electrical and IT equipment in response to the new legislation.

In a pilot programme over the past year, MAXITECH.CO.UK has found that a typical organisation can recover 5% of the initial cost of redundant IT equipment while meeting the requirements of WEEE. And one firm in three can actually generate a positive return from their recycling programme, delivering an unexpected boost to hard-pressed IT budgets.

Peter Paduh, Managing Director of MAXITECH.CO.UK said:
”While companies are beginning to increase their IT spending there is a common, but unfounded, fear that the WEEE Directive is going to eat into these budgets through administrative burdens and increased business costs of disposal of the old equipment.
However, recovering around 5% of the original value of old electronic equipment, whilst still meeting the requirements of the WEEE, is possible through the Wholesale Asset Maximisation programme operated by MAXITECH.CO.UK. After a year of successful trials, the programme has proven that our clients can get back some of the costs of disposing their IT and Electrical equipment and in about 1/3 of cases can provide additional returns.

We urge businesses to put the issue on their agenda now to ensure compliant, financially beneficial, disposal schemes are in place and avoid the potential high costs.”

The Wholesale Asset Maximisation scheme can be customised, through a range of options, to particular needs and is available nationwide. Maxitech.CO.UK also published a Plain English guide to the WEEE and The Guide to Computer Recycling, available from www.Maxitech.CO.UK.

Further information about responsible recycling and the WEEE Directive can be found at

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